February 7, 2011 HISTRIONIC (his tree AHN ik - adjective) Definition: overly dramatic; theatrical Note: Histrionic behavior is referred to as histrionics. (noun) Sentences: As soon as you mentioned the word ‘wrinkle,’ the middle-aged actress would fall into a state of histrionic tears. As she yelled and gesticulated wildly, Shana’s histrionic demand for a raise angered her supervisor The children’s histrionics when they couldn’t find their toys made everyone uncomfortable. Antonyms: restrained; understated; impassive Memory Clue: Link HISTRIONIC with HISTORY “Professor Bradley liked his HISTORY on the HISTRIONIC side.” February 14, 2011 MILIEU (mil YOO - noun) Definition: environment or surroundings; setting (Plural – milieus or milieux) Sentences: The farmer on vacation in the busy city felt out of his milieu. The New York Stock Exchange is a milieu of frenzied activity during trading hours. As the he waited through the delay of the blizzard, Ernesto found it easy to relate his fellow passengers of different social and cultural milieux. Synonyms: habitat; background; domain; Memory Clue: Milieu is from French, from Old French, from mi, middle (from Latin medius) + lieu, place (from Latin locus). Link MILIEU with MIDDLE - You are in the MIDDLE of your SURROUNDINGS. February 22, 2011 BELEAGUER (be LEE gur – verb) Definition: Sentences: to besiege or surround; beset, harass (beleaguered – adj.) In the midst of important negotiations, the union official asked his staff not to beleaguer him with insignificant details The beleaguered president seldom emerged from his office as he struggled to deal with the growing scandal. No one could leave the beleaguered city; the attacking army had closed off all the exits. Memory Clue: Link BELEAGUER to BIG LEAGUER “The Little Leaguers BELEAGUERED the BIG LEAGUERS” February 28, 2011 AMICABLE (AM ik ah bull- adjective) Definition: friendly; showing goodwill; peaceable Sentences: The argument came to an amicable end when the adversaries finally shook hands. Known to be amicable animals, dolphins have even helped injured or exhausted swimmers to shore. The amicable employees at the video store offer excellent service. When we moved into the neighborhood, our neighbors greeted us amicably and brought us freshly baked cookies. Synonyms: amiable; affable; cordial; congenial Antonyms: disagreeable; hostile; surly; hateful Memory Clue: AMICABLE derives from Latin amicus, "friend," from amare, "to love."